Developing a Masters in Biotechnology entrepreneurship degree program based in a biology
department provided some complex challenges. These challenges include convincing the faculty that the
level of scientific competence of the graduating students is appropriate for a Masters' degree in that
discipline. Since these degrees also feature biotechnology entrepreneurship, the business and
entrepreneurship related expertise also needs to be addressed. The experience at Case Western Reserve
University is a case study in how these challenges can be addressed so that the department granting the
degree is comfortable with both the quality and outcome for the students. The program and the
outcomes for the students and the department are described.
Keywords: Biotechnology, entrepreneurship, business, biology department, degree program, scientific competence.
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